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Museum Career Internship Program

The Museum Career Internship Program is a partnership that provides paid internships to LaGuardia Community College students interested in pursuing careers in the arts. The program was created to foster diversity and inclusion in the museum field and combines instruction in the field of folk and self-taught art with project-based professional experience in a range of museum departments such as curatorial, library and archives, education, publications and website, development, and collections.

From September through December, students participate in an Introduction to Folk and Self-Taught Art course involving close looking and discussion of artworks, reading and writing assignments, hands-on art workshops, excursions in the field, guest presentations by professionals in the arts, and a final independent project presentation. From January through early June, students are matched with a museum department for their internship while continuing to participate in weekly group meetings, occasional off-site trips, and workshops, all designed to create opportunities for professional development and a deeper understanding of careers in the arts.

Eight students participate in the program each year. Students nominated by LaGuardia Community College faculty submit a cover letter and résumé before interviewing at the museum’s Collections and Education Center in Long Island City, Queens. Students meet twice a week at the center and receive school credit and a grade in addition to being paid for their time.

This program is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

To learn more, contact Natalie Beall, Education Specialist, at 212. 595. 9533, ext. 383, or nbeall@folkartmuseum.org.

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